zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
(beer tasting @ Monty’s Krown - Rochester, NY: bottle - 12 oz) Dark brown with a light and fizzy off-white head. Hoppy and slightly smokey aroma with a lightly sweet malt balance. Very herbal and floral flavor at the beginning with that light malt coming up in the middle and leading to a lightly bitter and flowery finish. LilBeerDoctor (3930) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
On tap. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt initially with a citrusy, hoppy finish. Great black IPA, I loved both components of a robust ale plus IPA. Uber drinkable too.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5) esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Black with a thin tan head that slowly fades into as thin layer that reminds me a bit of chocolate milk. Aroma of dark malts with some citrus and pine behind them. A bit of roasted malt comes through as it warms, some coffee too. Taste is more black than IPA with dark roasted malts, coffee (acidic), a touch of caramel. Light citrus and pine intermingle, though they are a bit milder than other versions I’ve had of the style. Faint non-lasting bitterness finish things off. jake65 (3694) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2010
Bottle: Looks like a porter, plain and simple. Thin creamy brown head on a dark brown body... pure deception of what’s to come. Nose is light citrus and heavy roast, followed by a similar taste. Citrus, light floral twinge, heavy roast, and faint coffee. The florals really come through well and the roast right there. Nice interpretation of the style. drpimento (3634) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2016
Good beer, but man on a mission of brutally dry and bitter? Christallmighty whoa The aroma is fresh. But while the flavor is true, it’s still so over the top bitter, that you can’t think of anything thing else.
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Bottle. Black brown with a moderate brown head and a little lacing. Aroma is roasty coffee and something fruity/floral. There’s something in the aroma very familiar, pulling up a long lost memory, but I can’t nail the smell. Flavor is dark roasted malt, coffee, and a light bitter hop finish. Very nice. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2012
On tap at the taproom in Indy... Pours a deep silky stout black hued consistency with reddish brown edges and topped with a medium soapy light beige head that quickly recedes leaving a wispy... Aroma of black licorice, abuse, spices, and a light aspect of spruce... Flavors emphasize semi-bitter roasted chocolate and black licorice. The hops kind of fall to the wayside. Medium bodied leaving somewhat an earthy chalky feel towards the finish. Semi-lively carbonation. Totally lacking in the hop department. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 19, 2010
Bottle courtesy of BBB. Pours a deep dark brown with a creamy frothy tan head. A lot of great roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee characte with a great citrusy hop bite to it. Really nice and clean. black malts and a great layer. Maybe the best "black ipa" I’ve had.
madvike (3260) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Ha. read mike’s review after my own. It’s true- this does remind me quite a bit of dance of the dead. Though this seems like a simpler, but cleaner version of it. Let me know how a side by side taste test goes, mike. Anyways, really like the black malt big hop combo. right up my alley.
Bottle - Pours black with a frothy brown head. Smells of peaty, smoky malt with some citrusy hops underneath it all. Taste falls a little flat, with lots of milkiness, the same smoky, peaty malt, and some herbal hops. Smooth and fairly full-bodied, this was pretty good. Not sure how I feel about the black IPA, but it was interesting. Chudwick (3207) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - DEC 28, 2012
12oz bottle - pours black with nice beige head and great lacing. Nose is chocolate and light spruce. Flavor adds roasted malts and coffee. Light sweet with stronger bitterness. Dry finish with roasty aftertaste. Smooth and medium to full body. Definitely liking the style more and more. Usually overlook the brewer, but I’ll keep an eye out now.